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Three Things To Know About the All-New 2023 Honda HR-V Crossover

The all-new 2023 Honda HR-V crossover is here. Let's look at three things that differentiate it from the 2022 model year and prior generation.


Honda’s HR-V is a five-passenger crossover with a reputation for being very user-friendly. The cargo volume is a generous 24.4 cu.-ft. with the rear seats up, and that can expand to 55.1cu.-ft with them dropped. The HR-V is the CR-V’s slightly smaller sibling and is a very popular entry model for the Honda brand.

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For 2023, the HR-V is all-new. It rides on a new platform, has a new engine, a new infotainment system, and much more. We have scanned the full breakdown of its changes and filtered out these three we think most buyers will find of the greatest importance.

2023 Honda HR-V - More Powerful Cleaner Engine
Honda has added a bit of oomph to the HR-V, and we feel this is important. Powering every 2023 HR-V is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 158 peak horsepower. The new engine adds 17 horsepower, and Honda says it has lower emissions than the outgoing engine. In affordable small crossovers added power is always welcome.

2023 HR-V image courtesy of Honda2023 Honda HR-V - New Infotainment System With Wireless Phone Mirroring
All 2023 HR-Vs will have Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The base infotainment system includes a 7-inch color LCD instrument display and also a 7-inch multi-information display with user-selectable functions. The EX-L trim comes with a larger 9-inch color touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad.

2023 Honda HR-V - Hill Descent Control (HDC)
We are big fans of Honda and for years have been hoping the brand would add Hill Descent Control. Well, it’s here and not in the Ridgeline or Passport, but the HR-V. HDC is a feature we use on steep snow-covered trails in winter, and it is great to see Honda finally adding in this great safety system.

The all-new 2023 HR-V is poised to be a hit for Honda. Watch Torque News for a full review with a broader explanation of its many great features soon.

2023 HR-V image. courtesy of Honda.

John Goreham is a long-time New England Motor Press Association member and recovering engineer. John's interest in EVs goes back to 1990, when he designed the thermal control system for an EV battery as part of an academic team. After earning his mechanical engineering degree, John completed a marketing program at Northeastern University and worked with automotive component manufacturers, in the semiconductor industry, and in biotech. In addition to Torque News, John's work has appeared in print in dozens of American news outlets and he provides reviews to many vehicle shopping sites. You can follow John on TikTok @ToknCars, on Twitter, and view his credentials at Linkedin

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